Our International Business and Social Sciences undergraduate programme was developed to produce this kind of specialists. The interdisciplinary programme follows a logical interlinking of the fields of economics, political science, law, and social sciences, particularly within the context of international viewpoints. Special focus is placed on the interdisciplinary relationship between economic and business contents and social science considerations. This combined approach imparts the profound analytical skills necessary to understand and analyse business-related matters not just from an economic point of view, but from ethical, moral, and social points of view as well.
Business-related content is taught via an application-based approach and analysed within a larger economic context. To supplement your studies and firmly cement your understanding of complex economic relationships, experimental economic research is utilised to examine realistic decision-making situations within a controlled environment. International thinking and interaction is a central theme of the programme. Thus, we chose English for the language of instruction, which teaches students how to confidently and effectively convey complex information in international business environments.
Educational organisationIn total, the standard period of study comprises seven semesters of study. Additionally, sound foundations in business administration and economics are imparted, as are analytical skills and fundamental knowledge of social sciences. This acquired knowledge is then enhanced in key areas in the fourth and fifth semester. The sixth semester is reserved for a practical internship or semester abroad. Through the choice of specific elective subjects and the organisation of the sixth semester, students can sharpen their profile in terms of their aspired careers after graduation. In the final semester, each student writes a Bachelor's thesis after having developed an appropriate topic.
Study abroad unit(s)The sixth semester is reserved for an internship or a semester abroad.
InternshipsThe sixth semester is reserved for an internship or a semester abroad.
Forms of assessmentGraded examinations (written examinations, seminar papers, presentations, written assignments, oral examinations) and certificates (projects, reports, presentations)
Course objectivesOur International Business and Social Sciences Bachelor's programme has a sharp, international focus, most notable in the curricula, language of instruction and transcultural competencies conveyed to students. As a graduate, your qualifications will lead to a wide range of possible career paths, particularly in multinational companies, institutes and organisations. In later semesters, you can select your degree specialisation, which lets you specifically enhance your qualifications and training in the fields and sectors you find most interesting.
Potential fields of employment for graduates include the following:
- management and specialist positions at companies and organisations specialising in accounting, finance and auditing
- management consulting
- positions in central corporate management, e.g., in strategy departments
- management and organisational positions in non-profit organisations
Language requirementsPlease note that for Bachelor's degree programmes English language skills at level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference are required. Please be aware that all applicants' test report form numbers will be checked. The following certificates are accepted:
IELTS: minimum 6.0
TOEFL (Internet-based test): minimum 80
TOEFL (paper-based test): minimum 550
TOEFL (computer-based test): minimum 213
The TOEFL code of our university is: 6962
Academic requirementsGerman entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences or equivalent
Enrolment feesApprox. 270 EUR per semester. This covers nominal administration fees and includes a semester ticket that allows free travel on most bus and train routes throughout the state of North Rhine-Westphalia as well as to and from Nijmegen in the Netherlands.
Costs of livingThe "Deutsches Studentenwerk" puts the average cost of living for students in Germany at around 700 to 800 EUR per month. This includes rent, utilities, personal expenses, and other nominal costs. For a sample breakdown of living expenses and information about financing your studies in Germany, please see our website: http://www.hochschule-rhein-waal.de/en/academics/students/costs-scholarships-and-grants.
Job opportunitiesInternational students from non-EU countries are legally permitted to work 120 full days or 240 half days per year on a student visa. No additional authorisation from German authorities is required.
Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences often posts job advertisements for students both inside and outside the university on campus noticeboards. Some jobs at the university only require English, but most jobs in Kleve, Kamp-Lintfort, and surrounding areas will require at least conversational fluency in German. Fortunately, our Language Centre offers German courses that students can attend at no charge.
However, due to the intense workload at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, first-year students are strongly advised to dedicate their full attention to their studies. In later semesters, you will have a more open schedule and a better idea of how to balance work and studies. This is also a realistic time frame for acquiring speaking proficiency in German while studying full-time.
Funding opportunities within the universityA limited number of scholarships are available for currently enrolled students at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. The most prominent scholarship is the Germany Scholarship ("Deutschlandstipendium"). German and international students are both eligible to apply. The Germany Scholarship is a stipend of 300 EUR per month awarded each year to a limited number of students who have demonstrated excellent academic performance or exemplary social commitment to the community. Other scholarships, grants, and fellowships are available through regional and national organisations in Germany. Please see our website for details.
Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences informs all students of important scholarship deadlines in advance so that they don't miss any potential application opportunities.
Arrival supportRhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is accessible from the international airports Amsterdam (AMS), Düsseldorf (DUS), Cologne/Bonn (CGN), and Weeze (NRN). The university does not offer any pick-up services, but both Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort can be reached by public transportation from any of these airports.
If you anticipate any travel problems, delays, or unexpected changes to your plans, please contact our Welcome Centre so that we can support you with helpful advice.
Services and support for international studentsOur Welcome Centre supports international students during their first few weeks in Germany. The Welcome Centre provides helpful advice and guidance on contracts, opening a bank account, registering your place of residence, applying for a student visa, setting up health insurance, and more.
The student mentors at the Welcome Centre know first-hand what it's like adjusting to life as a student in Germany. They are also an important first contact point for students with personal and social issues, as they can direct students to the right place for their specific needs. The Welcome Centre also promotes student culture at the university by organising trips and excursions to destinations all around the region as well as a range of social events for students such as the annual "Freshtival", the university's week-long orientation festival for new students in the winter semester.
AccommodationRhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences strongly urges you to make accommodation arrangements before your arrival. The university does not have its own residence halls, but the "Studierendenwerk Düsseldorf" runs dormitories near campus in Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort with options for single rooms or two- and three-room flats. Prices start at around 220 EUR per month. Room availability in these dormitories is limited and subject to a waiting list, so it's important to register online for a room as soon as possible. Please note that a security deposit of three months' rent is also required.
Most students choose to share a private flat off campus with fellow students. There are a number of popular online portals for finding a flat in Germany, for example: http://www.wg-gesucht.de. Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences also maintains its own list of available flats and rooms for students on its website. Thanks to the flexibility of the Semester Ticket, students can live in Kleve, Kamp-Lintfort, or one of the many cities and towns nearby and reach campus by public transport. For more information and helpful tips on finding a flat, please see our website: http://www.hochschule-rhein-waal.de/en/academics/prospective-students/housing.